Tippi Hedren Talks “The Birds”

The star will discuss the Hitchcock classic at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The Birds

When a Hitchcock legend visits Hollywood for a screening and a Q&A, it is certainly a big deal for legions of cinephiles.

Take Kim Novak's visit to The Egyptian a few years back to talk all things "Vertigo." And next up? None other than Tippi Hedren will be calling up Grauman's Chinese Theatre to chat about the one, the only, the feathery, "The Birds." The claw-and-screecher will screen as well.

The date is Thursday, Jan. 17.

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If you've seen the 1963 Hitchcock suspense masterpiece, you likely still have a few images fluttering, like so many winged creatures, around your brain: Ms. Hedren making the frantic phone call in the phone booth. Or the crows gathering on the schoolhouse jungle gym. Or the frightening scene with sparrows descending down the chimney.

Us? We like character Melanie's iconic mint green suit. (We know, we know, that has nothing to do with any birds, per se, but the director and costume designer Edith Head had a way of dressing Hitchcockian heroines in some truly memorable outfits.)

Ms. Hedren is known for being very friendly with fans of the film, so bet she'll arrive with a few stories. She's even journeyed a few times to Bodega Bay in Northern California, the setting for the film, to meet with dedicated fans. Nice.

Red Line Tours is the host, and the occasion? "The Birds" is turning 50. Also, the tour company is launching a set of collectors tickets featuring famous directors on that same day.

An adult ticket is $13.50. Be sure to wear your mint green suit, and a small bird brooch or two.

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